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The retro beat 'em up is even better with a friend.

Double Dragon IV Got Online Co-op Somewhere Along the Way

It's not often that a game receives online multiplayer years after release, but it does happen. Case in point: Double Dragon IV from Arc System Works. The retro-style beat 'em up came to all major platforms, one system at a time, but initially without an online mode. A few years later, though, the game was updated to add 2-player online co-op! That's quite an addition for a small-scale $7 game, so we had to try it out and share our impressions.

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We look at the recent game announcements for Sega's upcoming mini consoles.

Co-op Analysis of the Sega Genesis Mini 2 and Mega Drive Mini 2 Software Lineups

When Sega announced the Mega Drive Mini 2 for the Japanese market at the beginning of June, we wondered when an announcement for the American market would be coming. That finally happened, as the Sega Genesis Mini 2 is now official and already available for preorder! The Genesis Mini 2 and Mega Drive Mini 2 will each have shared and unique games, including co-op classics like Rolling Thunder 2 (US) and Final Fight CD (Japan).

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Get ready to pop some demons in this medieval shooting action game.

Knights & Guns, the Pang-style Shooter, Heads to Xbox in September

This week, everybody who's anybody is playing Spidersaurs, a run-and-gun shooter from WayForward. Preorders have just opened up on Xbox for a similar game, though: Knights & Guns from Polish developer Baltoro Games (makers of Urban Flow). Knights & Guns is a single-screen shooter/platformer in the style of Pang Adventures. Already available on Switch and iiRcade, it's due out on Xbox in September, complete with 2-player local co-op.

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Grab a friend for run-and-gun fun in this Contra-style shooter.

WayForward's Spidersaurs Has Escaped Onto Consoles and PC

We've been so excited for WayForward's new run-and-gun shooter, Spidersaurs, that we interviewed the developer ahead of release day. Spidersaurs lets players arm up and blast away at a variety of freaky dino-spider hybrids. It's a deliberately cartoon-like concept that allows for colorful characters and levels, not to mention widely varied and unique monster baddies. Spidersaurs has finally launched on all major platforms, complete with 2-player local co-op.

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Pilot a UFO solo in the campaign or work together in 2 separate co-op modes.

Battle Alien Cows and More in Moo Lander, A Metroidvania for Consoles and PC

Moo Lander is a charming and silly Metroidvania game from The Sixth Hammer that recently arrived on consoles and Steam. Trapped on an alien planet, a lone astronaut must pilot his ship across hostile terrain while scavenging for resources and dealing with bizarre alien cows. In addition to the solo campaign, Moo Lander also features co-op minigames for up to 4 players. The Steam version of the game is on sale right now, making it a perfect time to suit up and blast some cows.

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Better late than never, especially with one of the best Warriors games ever made

Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate Definitive Edition Travels Across Time to Reach Steam

Back in 2018, Koei Tecmo and Omega Force released Warriors Orochi 4 on consoles and PC, and it was good. Warriors Orochi 3, however, never got a PC version - until now. 10 years after the first console versions, Steam now has Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate Definitive Edition. This new edition bundles the hack-and-slash epic with nearly all of its DLC to make a truly grand and definitive adventure - complete with split-screen co-op.

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Learn how the Spidersaurs came to be and how players will get to blast them!

Spidersaurs Developer Interview

Spidersaurs is a run-and-gun shooter/platformer that’s coming to consoles and PC on July 14. When a horde of dinosaur-spider hybrids runs amok, gamers will step in as a pair of human test subjects tasked with saving the day. With a humorous, cartoon-like premise, tight Contra-style shooting, and 2-player local co-op, the game should be r...

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Beating the super-tough beat 'em up just got easier.

How to Activate the Cheat Menu and Infinite Health in Final Vendetta

When I reviewed Final Vendetta, the modern retro-style brawler from Bitmap Bureau, my chief complaint was the game's difficulty. It's fun but tough! In our interview with developer Mike Tucker, he promised that balance tweaks and a new Casual difficulty setting would be coming to consoles. Players needn't wait for the patch to beat the game, though, because there's already a cheat menu with a level select and invincibility option! We'll tell you how to reach it.

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Bring in a friend to perform support jumps and reach hard-to-get items!

How to Play Co-op in Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series

Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series is a collection of two classic 2.5D platformers, newly enhanced for modern consoles and PC. Not only do both games look a lot nicer than they originally did, they also allow a second player to join Klonoa as a support character. The method for bringing in a co-op partner is a bit clunky, but we're here to help!

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Celebrate Klonoa's 25th birthday with a pair of co-op enhanced platformers.

Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series Awakens on Consoles and PC

Back in the days of the first PlayStation, Namco released a magical 2.5D platformer called Klonoa: Door to Phantomile. It would go on to inspire several more games such as Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil for PlayStation 2. 25 years later, the first two games have come to modern platforms in HD remastered form as Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series. Not only are these games still magical, but Bandai Namco has added a co-op mode to both titles!

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These custom controllers won't come cheap, but they do sport cool features.

HexGaming Unleashes the Rival Pro Controller for PlayStation 5

While competitive eSports gamers rely on pro-style controllers, the nicer hardware can benefit co-op and solo players too. HexGaming is one of the leading providers of custom controllers for today's console. Today, the company launched the Rival Pro Controller for PlayStation 5, an elite controller that offers remappable buttons, interchangeable thumbsticks, and more.

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Get a great assortment of co-op beat 'em ups and shmups on one arcade cabinet.

Arcade1Up Announces New Capcom Legacy Arcade Cabinets Filled with Co-op Goodness

The June E3 season came and went without Arcade1Up making any big home arcade cabinet announcements. Arcade1Up kicked offer July with a bang, though, first launching its long-promised Dragon's Lair cabinet, and now announcing three new machines. Today, two new Capcom Legacy cabinets have gone up for preorder that feature Captain Commando and plenty more co-op arcade classics, and a third cabinet features Ms. Pac-Man and other Namco titles.

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